The NDA government has told the Supreme Court that there should be a role for the President, Prime Minister, chief ministers, governors and the attorney general in the appointment and transfer of judges.
Unfazed by the October 16 verdict quashing the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) and the new law to appoint judges, the Centre has also said that the notwithstanding the judgement the parliament can still come out with a new legislation on the issue. The submissions are part of the written note given to the court by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi.
A five-judge bench which had quashed the NJAC to revive the collegium system will examine the Centre’s views on Wednesday. It shall also take up the public suggestions that would be placed before the bench by additional solicitor general (ASG) Pinky Anand.
The ASG told HT: “Broadly, people have asked for an examination and then an interview for those wanting to become judges. Several have also asked for the applicability of Right to Information (RTI) law to the appointments.”
The public also wants the aspiring judges to declare their assets, details of their family members and their political affiliations.